Resources

We here at Body Trust believe in abundance, not scarcity.

There are hundreds of places to get more information on the related fields of embodiment, erotics, healing, spirituality, movement, meditation, and eros, and we encourage you to continue seeking more supplementations to your studies, regardless of the path you are on.

Here are some of our favorite practitioners, workshops, books, and other resources that we highly recommend.

People and Schools

The Body Electric School — Especially the Celebrating the Body Erotic introductory weekend workshops, but also keep an eye out for Sacred Eros (introductory for men and women) and Power, Surrender, and Intimacy (which includes some rope, spanking, and flogging, in a sacred erotic context).

Betty Martin — Learning to Touch workshops especially but all her other workshops too. Betty's quadrant theory is highly recommended. bettymartin.org

Barbara Carellas — Urban Tantra Professional Training Program

Isa Magdalena — Xtasia.info. Author of Full Spectrum Sex, former Body Electric School facilitator, and teacher of tantra and energetic sex. Based in New Mexico.

Selah Martha — author of Circle Technology Leader's Guide, Body Electric School facilitator, and sacred intimate. Based in Washington state. selahmartha.com

Other Media

"The Sessions" film - an interesting portrayal of a sexual surrogate and her relationship with a paralyzed man. "Based on the autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, THE SESSIONS tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality."

Books by the Portal Opening People

Paws for Consideration by Amy Butcher — murder mystery about neighborhoods, gentrification, and BDSM. "Like Tales of the City, but with more dogs."

Sex Still Spoken Here: An Anthology, edited by Jen Cross, Carol Queen, and Amy Butcher. Erotic anthology from the Erotic Reading Circle at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco.

Sweet & Rough: Sixteen Stories of Queer Smut by Sinclair Sexsmith — a collection of Zed's erotica, all with "Sinclair" as the narrator. Lots of gender play (with butch/femme primarily), lots of light topping and dominance and submission.

Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica edited by Sinclair Sexsmith. Dirty BDSM erotica, more queer than lesbian (some of the characters and authors do not identify as women). Lots of variety of play and examples of queer dirty sex.

Books By Others We Love

The Jealousy Workbook: Exercises and Insights for Managing Open Relationships, by Kathy Labriola 2013 - This book is a good read if you are in the depth of jealousy in an open relationship(s). It gives very good exercises to address a difficult topic. — Alex

Rewriting the Rules: An Integrative Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships by Meg Barker 2012. Looking at attraction, gender, love, conflict and other topics without strict rules to guide us allows for mapping your relationships in ways that fit from you. This a good book for folks who are busting through old notions of themselves, others, and relationships. Be prepared for a dense and somewhat academic book full of interesting ideas. — Alex

The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity by Tammy Nelson 2012. This is a book that I recommend for monogamous couples that are reinventing their relationship after an affair. It is a clear and straight forward approach to transformation. — Alex

Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. New York: Vintage, 1996. I love how this book explores the impact of written language on our intuition and ability to communicate in non-verbal ways. We had more animal capacity before the creation of written language, which while liberating us in so many ways also exacted a heavy toll. — Amy

Levine, Peter. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1997. How trauma can live in our bodies and be transmuted there as well. Our bodies have amazing capacities for both responding to danger (think fight/flight/freeze) and also shaking it off once the danger has passed. Finding help to tap into those innate capacities can heal in ways that words and thoughts do not. — Amy

Easton, Dossie & Liszt, Catherine. The Ethical Slut. San Francisco: Greenery Press, 1997. Well, if you're going to be a slut, then do it right! Wonderful guide to ethical behavior and communication when your erotic life involves more than just you and one monogomous partner. — Amy

Morin, Jack. The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment. New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Might as well engage the mind in support of sexual passion, and this book has many tricks on how to use our imagination and fantasy in support of deep pleasure. — Amy

Hillman, Thea. Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word). San Francisco: Manic D Press. 2008. Beautifully written, Hillman's essays explore moments of what it is to be outside the gender binary. While her focus is on intersex, the writing helped break open my thinking about the broader issues around gender in profound ways. Lovely. — Amy

The Gender Book, www.thegenderbook.com — If you want to know more about how genderqueer and transgender language and etiquette works, this is an incredible resource. One of the only of it's kind. The PDF is available to download for free. — Zed

Kali Rising, Foundational Principles of Tantra for a Transforming Planet & Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine by Rudolph Ballentine - Rudy is Alex & Lizz's teacher, and though I've never met him, I consider myself to be in his lineage of teachings. Radical Healing is a holistic approach to the whole-body system of tantra, and Kali Rising is about the masculine/feminine energies on the planet and the current transformations. Fascinating reads. — Zed

Ecstasy Is Necessary: A Practical Guide by Barbara Carrellas — brilliant introduction to accessible embodiment exercises and erotic energy. It's part theory, part workbook, and if you work through it and really do the exercises, I've no doubt it'll be transformative. — Zed

Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Carrellas — excellent introduction to tantra in a way that's accessible, gender-positive (she has a long term trans partner and is a gender activist), queer, and radical. I've learned so much from her theories. — Zed

Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure by Sheri Winston — there are so few books on women's anatomy, and Sheri Winston has done more elaborate research and writings than any other text I know of. It's absolutely worth reading for everyone who possesses this kind of anatomy or anyone who comes into contact with it. — Zed

We here at Body Trust urge you to order these books from your local, independent bookstores!